Amberaid 30 (Trail Trial)

Date of event: 12.09.2020

After 18 months of planning we are pleased to announce the launch of the Amberaid 30. Due to coronavirus this first running will be limited to a maximum of 50 competitors.

Some grand reviews of the first event;—50km

The route scribes a figure of 8 through the rural delights of the Amber Valley close to the Eastern edge of the Peak District. Highlights aplenty will greet you on your travels. There are punchy climbs and involving descents, expansive views and some of the finest woodland trails you’ll find anywhere in the UK. This route has the makings of becoming one of the best “small” ultra trail races in England.

Conditions to observe;

There will be no registration on the day. Remain by your vehicle until instructed to move to the start. You will be issued with a control card in lieu of a race number.

There will be no mass start. Pods of 4 runners will start 2 minutes apart and all runners should respect social distancing from the moment they arrive at the High Ashes Farm to the moment they leave. (The race HQ is entirely outdoors)

The course is not marked but there will be tape at a couple of the trickier sections. Orientation markers and self clips will also ensure the correct route is followed.

We ask participants to be self sufficient. The number of checkpoints is purposely limited to 2 staffed stations and 1 water station (which will be staffed part of the time). There will be hand sanitiser at the checkpoints. Please supply your own ziplocked food drop bag to restock your personal food supplies at the checkpoints mid course.

Upon finishing, please hand in your control card and then leave. There no refreshments at the finish, you should either bring your own, or visit those nice pubs you saw in Ashover (recommended).

You will be responsible for your own kit check, and you will carry your kit at all times during the race. We advise…

  • Waterproof Jacket with taped seams.
  • Head Torch
  • 1 Litre of fluid as a minimum.
  • Sufficient nutrition for a day on the trail.
  • Hand Sanitiser.
  • Whistle.
  • Mobile phone with race director’s number (07741 488737) in contacts.
  • Map covering the route (gpx file is available below, do not rely solely on gpx though)
  • Hat/buff.
  • Gloves (to reduce contamination risk from shared surfaces ie kissing gates as well as warmth)
  • Facemask

The race has a time limit of 10 hours.

Self clips waiting to goad you….as you sanitise….again.


Supporters –You may have your own support crew en route, but please ensure they park sensibly and observe social distancing.

Retiring: If you need to retire, please try to arrange your own return to the finish if possible so that you can return your control card. If you cannot, please try to get to a checkpoint where we will get someone to pick you up. (Staff numbers are limited by necessity so it could be a while). In all retirement instances, you must return your control card to the finish line staff.

 The event will continue to observe the latest Government advice and as this evolves we will communicate any necessary updates to you. If you use Facebook there will be updates on;

First Light Active

Any significant updates will be communicated via email.

We want you to feel safe. We want you to feel reassured. We want you to have a good event and start to feel that the uncertainties and frustrations of the lockdown period are behind us. However, we must also be mindful that a second wave could impact or there could be local lockdowns. With that in mind we want you to know that your entry fee is secure. Any COVID related impact which means the event can’t go ahead, or you cannot participate – you will be able to claim a refund (less the booking fee). No deferrals are allowed this year as next years event will hopefully be a fully loaded ultra with medals, trophies, loaded aid stations etc and the entry fee will reflect that.

What no medal this year? No, this is an upfront cost which we can ill afford in this climate. There will be photographs taken en route which will serve as your memento.

No prizes? For starters, we cannot announce the winner on the day as it is staggered starts and the necessary calculations involved will mean everyone is long gone by the time we have found a winner. However, and trust me on this, the course is prize enough.

Amberaid 30 Trail Trial

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